While I have no desire to see the latest Batman vs. Superman, I can’t help but see the parallels of their standoff in the real world. In the epic battle to save data, there’s the choice of having an Enterprise Immune System vs. Next Gen Firewall. According to all the commercials, reviews, and trailers we’ve seen, the two giants are constantly battling it out for supremacy.
But in an ideal world, wouldn’t they all be able to co-exist, passing data back and forth at the speed of light and managing each attacker with the strongest superhero toolset?
The Enterprise Immune System has Batman’s utility belt, as well as his motorcycle, bat mobile, bat plane/wing/jet/gyro and Alfred’s ability to process big data. Using the bat tools and logic to ingest metadata, social media, public records, redacted private records, as well as using predictive behavior makes the world (your data) safer.
The Next Gen Firewall has the strength of Superman. Keeping the bad guys out is the mission here. Firewalls are built on strong policies and guidelines intended to keep the enemy from infiltrating the network, much like Superman’s cape. Firewalls have x-ray vision to scan incoming data for threats and malware.
So why does it have to be one or the other? Fighting amongst people on the same sides, aligned to the same corporate goals, is clearly not in anyone's best interest. What will you do when your own company starts arguing about sharing information or resources? How will you protect not just the castle walls, but handle the infection once it is detected? Instead of finger pointing and blaming after the attack, maybe, just maybe one day, you can immunize yourself and be protected before you are even compromised.
So while we look at the metaphors being presented by the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, let us understand that we usually collapse from within, not from the outside in. Sometimes our inability to work together is our greatest weakness. If we form our own Justice League of superheroes, each with their own ability, we can keep our world safe.
Call me – I’d love to talk to you further to discuss your organizations needs and our ability to overlay some of our great new offerings.
-Chris Regan, CEO